SB-2099 - Tax on your guns or internet rumor?
HR-45 - Bobbie Rush's Federal Gun Licensing gets tied into
ISRA receives several emails a week, asking about the
validity of something like this:
Federal law requiring disclosure of all guns on your tax
Below is a back-door federal approach to national gun
registration. It will be passed administratively and won't
even require a vote by Congress.
Remember, the socialist takeover CANNOT succeed without
disarming the public. This is step one; a national list of
who has what guns.
Subject: senate bill SB-2099 / amendment to internal
revenue act of 1986
Senate Bill SB-2099 will require us to put on our 2009
1040 federal tax form all guns that you have or own. It
may require fingerprints and a tax of $50 per gun.
This bill was introduced on Feb. 24. This bill will become
public knowledge 30 days after it is voted into law. This
is an amendment to the Internal Revenue Act of 1986. This
means that the Finance Committee can pass this without the
Senate voting on it at all..
The full text of the proposed amendment is on the U.S.
Senate homepage, http://www.senate.gov/ You can find the
bill by doing a search by the bill number, SB-2099.
You know who to call; I strongly suggest you do. Please
send a copy of this e-mail to every gun owner you know.
So what is this? And if it is a threat, why
hasn't the ISRA or the NRA urged you to take action?
There really was a Senate Bill 2099, introduced by
anti-gunner Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) but it was in the
year 2000. And it didn't go anywhere.
What this bill would have done would have expanded the
National Firearms Act of 1934 to encompass all common
firearms to tax and register their sale with the same kind
of bureaucracy that goes along with the transfer of
machine guns, short-barreled shotguns, and silencers.
The $50 tax and the fingerprinting were indeed part of the
attempt, but nothing to do with your Form 1040.
But, to repeat, it's old, it's dead, it's not going
anywhere, thanks to the vigilance of gun owners across
Update with HR-45:
Later versions of email about SB-2099 add confusion by
describing, in the same post, HR-45, submitted by
Congressman Bobby Rush (IL1-D), the
Blair Holt Firearm
Licensing & Record of Sale Act of 2009. This bill is
very far reaching, so much so that is has no support from
any of Bobby Rush's peers. Repeat, the bill has
no support, no sponsors other than Rush.
Congressman Rush submits a similar bill every session, and
it never goes anywhere. The ISRA and other Second
Amendment supporters will remain vigilant, but the
email messages making the rounds make passage of the bill
seem eminent. The bill is stagnant, not moving.
Quoting Jeff Knox @ The Firearms Coalition:
If passed, this bill would
require that anyone wishing to purchase, own, or possess a
"qualifying firearm" - that's any handgun, and any long
gun capable of accepting a detachable magazine - would
have to be licensed by the state or the federal government
in a licensing program managed by the Attorney General. To
get a license you would have to prove you're you, provide
a passport-style photo, a thumbprint, and take a written
exam which includes questions about firearms safety, safe
storage, the risks of firearms ownership, and anything
else the Attorney General deems appropriate. All transfers
would be required to go through a licensed dealer with the
exception of occasional gifts or bequests between parents,
children (18 or over), and grandparents, or loans of not
more than 30 days between "persons who are personally
known to one another." (It actually says that. I'm not
making this up.) And all transfers would have to be
recorded in a "Transfer Record" established and maintained
by the Attorney General. " ...
The people who forward these and similar emails are alarmed,
naturally, and well intentioned.